Chapter 19 – The Female Masters Athlete (PDF)


This chapter examines in detail what effect the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause has on performance. More importantly, it presents guidelines on how female athletes can both train smart and maximise their performance based around the changes that occur during these stages in life.

Topics Include

  • Female masters athletes and barriers to training
  • The effects of the menstrual cycle on performance
  • Menstrual irregularities in female athletes
  • Exercise principles around menopause
  • Exercise principles for the menopausal woman
  • Hormone replacement therapy and the masters athlete
  • Principles of training for the pregnant athlete
  • Contraindications for the pregnant athlete
  • Nutritional concerns for the female athlete
  • Best websites in the world for female master athletes